2001-12-08 / Sports

Greater New York Ice Hockey League Squirt "B" Team

By Sharon Monchinski
Greater New York Ice Hockey League Squirt "B" Team By Sharon Monchinski

Greater New York Ice Hockey League
Squirt "B" Team
By Sharon Monchinski

On Saturday, December 1, the Stars took to the road as they went to Bayonne, New Jersey to play the Rangers. Once again the Stars parlayed a tight defense along with a balanced offensive, which resulted in an 8-0 victory.

Winger Charlie Gotard started the Stars on the right track with an unassisted goal 4:39 into the first period. Forward Nicky Vukan made the score 2-0 at 7:18 of the period. He swatted in a rebound of Nicky Amendola's shot. Amendola also assisted on the next goal late in the second period, as his pass was converted by defenseman Paddy Mead. Less than a minute later the score went to 4-0 as winger Jesse Wynn scored from in close, unassisted.

 At 37 seconds into the last period, the Stars made it 5-0.  Defenseman Michael Strenk took Vukan's feed in the neutral zone, broke up the ice on his off-wing and let fly his patented laser of a shot over the Ranger's goalies right shoulder. 31 seconds later it was 6-0 as center Patrick Brown found the back of the net, with his wrist shot. Midway through the period center Kenny Fiorentino took right wing Alex Shtarr's pass and beat the goalie.

The final goal came with 3 minutes to play and featured Wynn getting his second of the game, by making some great moves in the slot, before ripping the disc home.  Brown picked up an assist on the play, with a nice pass to Wynn.

The Stars out shot the Rangers 26-9, which led to goalie Ricky Cibrano picking up his seventh shutout of the season. The victory gave the Stars a 16-2-1 record for the season.

On Sunday, December 2, the Stars returned to home ice and Long Island Hockey League action as they hosted the Cyclones of Manhattan. In a penalty filled game (6 for each team) the Stars prevailed by a 4-3 score. 3:03 into the opening session the Stars took the early lead as center Patrick Brown netted winger Jesse Wynn's pass. Just over 3 minutes later the Cyclones tied the game as they beat Stars goalie Ricky Cibrano.

Early in the middle period the Stars made it a 2-1 game.  Winger Nicky Vukan redirected Brown's centering pass through the 5 hole. With 3:18 to go in the period the Stars went up 3-1 as forward Charlie Gotard wristed home a super feed from linemate Nicky Amendola. There was but 38 seconds to go in the period when the Cyclones beat Cibrano when a long shot bounced off Amendola's head into the net.

Stars winger Jesse Wynn picked up the game win as he scored on a break-a-way from a defensive zone face off.  The goal was unassisted, making it a 4-2 game. But the Cyclones were not done as they made it a 4-3 game with a shorthanded goal with 2:40 to play, but they could not get the tying score, even after pulling their goalie for an extra skater.

The Stars coaches were not pleased with what they considered an undisciplined effort by some of their core players.  However, they heaped praised galore upon wingers Amendola, Vukan and Wynn for outstanding backchecking.


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